Monday, April 24, 2017

Whole Wheat(almost) Bread.

I love bread and unlike when I was in India,I don't feel guilty when I eat bread or give bread to my family.The reason is I know what went in my bread and how healthy the ingredients are.To begin with ,I use whole wheat flour,oat flour and very little all purpose flour.I have full control over how much sugar and salt I add.
I use this loaf of bread for sandwiches,french toast or for just simple toast with butter and jam.
Here are the things you need to make this bread:-

Whole Wheat flour- 1 and 1/4 cup(I grind Hard Winter Wheat at home in my wondermill machine).
Rolled oat              - 1/2 cup
Bread flour            - 1 cup
Salt                         - 1 teaspoon
Honey                     - 2 teaspoon
instant yeast            - 1 teaspoon
Vital Wheat gluten  - 1/2 teaspoon
dry milk powder     - 1 tablespoon(optional)
coconut oil             - 1 tablespoon(organic)
Water                     -  1cup + 5 tablespoon.

I usually dump every thing in my food processor along with water(room temperature) and mix for 45 seconds.Then after 20 minutes I again run the machine for another 45 seconds.I keep repeating this process for next 1 hour.Don't worry about over mixing because when it comes to bread dough there is never over-mixing.Specially when you are using whole wheat flour for the most part you need to mix the dough a lot to form the gluten.With bread flour or All purpose flour you don't have to worry about gluten formation.

On the side note ,if you don't have a food processor you can use hands or bread machines dough cycle.Either way it will be fine.

After one hour of mixing just leave the dough for one hour to rise.Then repeat the mixing and resting process again for next 1/2 an hour .

In the mean time prepare your loaf pan(size L - 10.125", W - 5", H - 2.75") as you normally do.

After total of 2 and 1/2 hours of resting,get the dough out on the floured counter top and shape it into a loaf.Then put it in your loaf pan and cover it with plastic bag or your clean shower cap.Let the dough rise for full 2 hours or until at least double in size .
Dough rising covered with the plastic bag.

Dough has risen significantly after 2 hours of rise.Ready to get baked.

Towards the end of final dough rise in the loaf pan ,pre-heat your oven to 400 degree fahrenheit .

Put the loaf pan in the 3rd rack of your oven,and bake for whole 10 minutes at 400 degrees.After 10 minutes turn the temperature down to 350 degrees fahrenheit and tent the loaf with a aluminum foil other wise bread will become too brown at the top.

Now bake the bread at 350 degrees for 30 minutes .

So total baking time will be :-

10 minutes at 400 degrees + 30 minutes at 350 degrees = 40 minutes.

After 40 minutes get the bread pan out and flip the loaf on a cooling rack .Apply a little butter on top of the loaf so the loaf doesn't dry out at the top.

Let it cool completely and then slice and keep it wrapped in a plastic bag .It lasts for 4-5 days easily

 on the kitchen counter top.

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